ORIENTATION: Begins before dinner. We'll have an overview of the program ahead and review the up-to-date schedule, responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, any other administrative issues, and answer your questions. Please be aware that local circumstances may require adjusting program elements. In the event of changes, we will notify you as quickly as possible. We appreciate your understanding.Dinner: Dinner in hotel
Menus are contracted for the program and are designed to offer balanced, healthy meals for the participants. In addition to the regular Road Scholar meal plan, this hotel offers a vegetarian meal option. Unfortunately, there are no other special meal options. Participants with special dietary needs should be prepared to avoid certain foods or supplement the regular meal plan as needed.Evening:
INTRODUCTIONS: Participants introduce themselves to the rest of the group.
Enjoy the remainder of the evening getting to know your fellow participants and discovering what you share beyond a love of lifelong learning.Lodging: Hilton SFO BayfrontMeals Included: Dinner
In conjunction with the 2013 America’s Cup in San Francisco, a collection of Impressionist artworks will be on view at the Palace of the Legion of Honor. You will examine images of activities set on the waterways of 19th century France, including the popular pastimes of rowing and sailing, and explore the places chosen by these artists who settled and vacationed on the water.Lunch: Lunch in hotelAfternoon:
FIELD TRIP: Legion of Honor for Impressionists on the Water exhibit.
When you arrive at the museum, you have one hour of free time to explore the museum as well as step outside and see spectacular views of the San Francisco skyline and the Pacific Ocean.
You then have a one hour docent-led visit through the Impressionists on the Water exhibit.Dinner: Dinner in hotelEvening: Free time to socialize with fellow participantsLodging: Hilton SFO BayfrontMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
This program offers the participant an opportunity to learn about some of the important aspects of any one of the great religions of today’s world. Each program will include a discussion of the nature of religious thought, practice and tradition and then an overview/history of that particular tradition’s worldview, practices and engagement with the larger world community. Possible traditions include Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, Judaism and Christianity. Discussion of some of the major sects of each tradition will be included.Lunch: Lunch in hotelAfternoon: CLASS: Impressionists on the WaterDinner: Dinner in hotelEvening: CLASS: Men, Women & Humor
What does gender have to do with what’s funny? “Take my wife. Please.” As Henny Youngman’s famous line points out, it’s a common theory of comedy (thank you, Freud) that one way we use humor is to exploit the anxiety, tension or anger we have about different things. Men making jokes about women, women making jokes about men, and both making jokes about marriage and sex, have been a staple of our comedy diet since the beginning. Take Aristophanes, please. Over 2400 years ago, his plays were filled with comedy about the genders. And those cave drawings in France? What do you think they were talking about? How he won’t take out the garbage and how she put on a couple of extra pounds. Beginning with a short history of how gender has played out in humor, we will discuss the following questions: In what ways do the genders continue to battle out their differences through humor? What is the difference between women’s humor and men’s humor? Why does comedy tend to be so dominated by men? How do things change when a male or female say the same joke? How does gendered comedy challenge or uphold the values of the status quo? How does the humor of the gay/lesbian/bi/trans community enter into this? Employing audio and video examples and lots of jokes, this workshop, promises a lively, provocative and fun discussion.Lodging: Hilton SFO BayfrontMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Savor the unforgettable music of Gershwin, Porter, Rodgers & Hart, & Berlin, as we discuss the careers and musical styles of America’s most popular songwriters from the 20s to the 50s. Enjoy such favorites as I Got Rhythm, You’re The Top and White Christmas.Dinner: Dinner in hotelEvening: CLASS: The Great American SongbookLodging: Hilton SFO BayfrontMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
In the early part of the 20th century, Stravinsky elevated ballet music to an unprecedented level in a manner similar to that in which Beethoven had elevated the symphony a century earlier. While Stravinsky’s ballets produced strong reactions (at times violent) among Parisian audiences at their premieres, they have grown to be regarded as masterpieces of both the ballet stage and the concert hall. Stravinsky’s contributions to the genre will be examined from his first ballet (The Firebird – 1910) to his final ballet (Agon – 1957).
Lunch: Lunch in hotelAfternoon: CLASS: Ballets of StravinskyDinner: Dinner in hotelEvening: MUSICAL ENTERTAINMENTLodging: Hilton SFO BayfrontMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner